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Idaho is the 43rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. The state capital is Boise.

LGBT Rights in Idaho: Idaho voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 prohibiting same-sex marriage. No provision of Idaho law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Idaho's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Idaho permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.

Current challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban: Latta v. Otter.

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Marriage equality rulings spur impeachment resolution from Idaho lawmaker

Monday, February 16, 2015
Paul Shepherd
An Idaho state lawmaker upset with federal judges who have overturned same-sex marriage bans across the nation is proposing that the U.S. Congress impeach judges who "fail to uphold" the U.S. Constitution. [...]

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Idaho’s first six same-sex marriage licenses ruled invalid

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.
The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics determined the couples received the licenses before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Idaho. [...]

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Idaho same-sex marriage case could cost state another $300,000

Friday, February 6, 2015
Amber Beierle, center right, gets a hug from Mistie Tolman after she and partner Rachael Beierle, right, received their marriage license Wednesday morning, OCt. 15, 2014, at the Ada County Courthouse Recorder's office in Boise, Idaho. Amber and Rachael were part of four couples who sued the state over Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage.
The legal team that successfully fought to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage has filed paperwork seeking an additional $300,000 in court costs. [...]

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Idaho legislative panel kills proposal to add statewide LGBT protections

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Proponents of "Add the Four Words" lined the hallway after the Idaho House State Affairs committee voted to keep HB2 in committee, effectively killing the bill, on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The bill would have added the words sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights act.
Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for LGBT people, once again blocking attempts by gay rights supporters to amend the state's anti-discrimination law. [...]

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Idaho lawmakers hear heated testimony over proposed LGBT protections

Monday, January 26, 2015
Members of the Idaho state House State Affairs Committee hold a public hearing on a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Boise, Idaho.
Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who have waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create statewide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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Idaho taxpayers to spend $457K for state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
Idaho's Constitutional Defense Fund committee has approved the latest round of legal bills in Idaho's court fight over same-sex marriage. [...]

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In reversal, Idaho GOP lawmakers now willing to discuss LGBT protections bill

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Idaho state capitol in Boise.
The bill, commonly called "Add the Words" (sexual orientation and gender identity) legislation by supporters and lawmakers, has been denied a public hearing for nine consecutive years. [...]

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Ninth Circuit denies Idaho’s request to reconsider same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, January 9, 2015
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's request for a review of the court's ruling last year that overturned Idaho's ban on gay marriage. [...]

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Idaho officials appeal same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, January 2, 2015
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's main argument is that defining marriage as between one man and one woman is better for children. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
Something big's going to happen in Florida next week, we just don't know what yet, and the Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January. [...]

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